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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/22/2017, 12:01 pm

Will any citrus peel work? Like oranges? Do they have to have an 'meat' on them? Mine are peeled rite off & eaten so there is only the white part left on the inside.
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Post  bigdogrock on 5/22/2017, 1:58 pm

And I thought a Tiger Slug was big!
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Post  countrynaturals on 5/22/2017, 6:12 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Will any citrus peel work?  Like oranges?  Do they have to have an 'meat' on them?  Mine are peeled rite off & eaten so there is only the white part left on the inside.
Try it. Make sure the little creeps have access to the meat side and keep them damp.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/23/2017, 8:10 pm

Ewww.....banana slugs.....affraid
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Post  bigdogrock on 5/23/2017, 8:32 pm

My chickens would look at a bunch of Banana Slugs and say my favorite words, "Buffet, all you can eat" Razz
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/23/2017, 9:54 pm

@bigdogrock wrote:My chickens would look at a bunch of Banana Slugs and say my favorite words, "Buffet, all you can eat" Razz
Oh yes!  Perfect! cheers
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Post  CAgirlinMA on 5/24/2017, 7:11 am

@countrynaturals wrote:1) Get all the leaves off the ground, either by cutting them or by putting some kind of non-organic barrier around the plants. 

2) Put down melon rinds or citrus peels to attract the little monsters. Keep the area damp. Early mornings collect the peels with the slugs on them and replace with fresh peels until they're gone.

This only works for raised beds or containers where you can control the population. If you're gardening in the ground, buy copper tape to ring your plants or the whole bed. It can get expensive, but it works. Just make sure there is no break or bridge in your perimeter. Check frequently to make sure no twig or leaf has breached your boundary.
Sadly, the slugs in my garden have gone no where near the citrus peels.  Mad. They have continued to munch away on my napa cabbage. They have decreased in numbers, but still doing a lot of damage. I may resort to sluggo or something else.
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Post  camprn on 5/24/2017, 11:28 am

@CAgirlinMA wrote:
@countrynaturals wrote:1) Get all the leaves off the ground, either by cutting them or by putting some kind of non-organic barrier around the plants. 

2) Put down melon rinds or citrus peels to attract the little monsters. Keep the area damp. Early mornings collect the peels with the slugs on them and replace with fresh peels until they're gone.

This only works for raised beds or containers where you can control the population. If you're gardening in the ground, buy copper tape to ring your plants or the whole bed. It can get expensive, but it works. Just make sure there is no break or bridge in your perimeter. Check frequently to make sure no twig or leaf has breached your boundary.
Sadly, the slugs in my garden have gone no where near the citrus peels.  Mad. They have continued to munch away on my napa cabbage. They have decreased in numbers, but still doing a lot of damage. I may resort to sluggo or something else.
an easy slug trap... simply put a board laying flat in the bed or the path of the garden. after the sun comes up and the day is getting warmer, turn over the board and you will find many slugs. clean them off and repeat.

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Post  countrynaturals on 5/24/2017, 11:32 am

@CAgirlinMA wrote:
@countrynaturals wrote:1) Get all the leaves off the ground, either by cutting them or by putting some kind of non-organic barrier around the plants. 

2) Put down melon rinds or citrus peels to attract the little monsters. Keep the area damp. Early mornings collect the peels with the slugs on them and replace with fresh peels until they're gone.

This only works for raised beds or containers where you can control the population. If you're gardening in the ground, buy copper tape to ring your plants or the whole bed. It can get expensive, but it works. Just make sure there is no break or bridge in your perimeter. Check frequently to make sure no twig or leaf has breached your boundary.
Sadly, the slugs in my garden have gone no where near the citrus peels.  Mad. They have continued to munch away on my napa cabbage. They have decreased in numbers, but still doing a lot of damage. I may resort to sluggo or something else.
I know they can't resist melon rinds, but I'm not winning my battle, either. They are relentless. If they ever find my strawberries, I will invest in the copper tape. Mad
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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/24/2017, 12:55 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:
I know they can't resist melon rinds,

I've been saving up an empty watermelon just for this purpose.  Rain stopped for a while so maybe I'll get some pieces of it out there today since I'm not catching anything in the fridge. Rolling Eyes
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/25/2017, 10:25 pm

@CAgirlinMA wrote:
@countrynaturals wrote:1) Get all the leaves off the ground, either by cutting them or by putting some kind of non-organic barrier around the plants. 

2) Put down melon rinds or citrus peels to attract the little monsters. Keep the area damp. Early mornings collect the peels with the slugs on them and replace with fresh peels until they're gone.

This only works for raised beds or containers where you can control the population. If you're gardening in the ground, buy copper tape to ring your plants or the whole bed. It can get expensive, but it works. Just make sure there is no break or bridge in your perimeter. Check frequently to make sure no twig or leaf has breached your boundary.
Sadly, the slugs in my garden have gone no where near the citrus peels.  Mad. They have continued to munch away on my napa cabbage. They have decreased in numbers, but still doing a lot of damage. I may resort to sluggo or something else.
I assume you are way past the buried beer traps?
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Post  camprn on 5/26/2017, 1:38 pm

I wish, again, that it would stop raining and warm up.

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Post  camprn on 5/26/2017, 1:40 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:
@CAgirlinMA wrote:
@countrynaturals wrote:1) Get all the leaves off the ground, either by cutting them or by putting some kind of non-organic barrier around the plants. 

2) Put down melon rinds or citrus peels to attract the little monsters. Keep the area damp. Early mornings collect the peels with the slugs on them and replace with fresh peels until they're gone.

This only works for raised beds or containers where you can control the population. If you're gardening in the ground, buy copper tape to ring your plants or the whole bed. It can get expensive, but it works. Just make sure there is no break or bridge in your perimeter. Check frequently to make sure no twig or leaf has breached your boundary.
Sadly, the slugs in my garden have gone no where near the citrus peels.  Mad. They have continued to munch away on my napa cabbage. They have decreased in numbers, but still doing a lot of damage. I may resort to sluggo or something else.
I know they can't resist melon rinds, but I'm not winning my battle, either. They are relentless. If they ever find my strawberries, I will invest in the copper tape. Mad

Save your cash because the copper tape doesn't work. Slugs and cabbage worms are a daily garden chore if not using toxic chemicals.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/26/2017, 3:58 pm

@camprn wrote:I wish, again, that it would stop raining and warm up.

Amen, sistah!
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Post  trolleydriver on 5/26/2017, 4:07 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:
@camprn wrote:I wish, again, that it would stop raining and warm up.

Amen, sistah!

Me too. 

Miserable wet, cold day here and more showers forecast for the coming days.
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Post  bigdogrock on 5/27/2017, 8:02 am

It looks like we might get our wish here in our part of New England. If you want to call 65° "warm" that is. I'll take it. After the past few days of gray gloom and cool, almost cold rain, I woke up to a disheartening gray day again. But I don't have to work today, I think that is the first positive I could find. The smell of coffee was the second. 

Then it happened.

I looked out of the window and I saw blue and rays of sunlight. The crisp new greens of spring started to come alive. The blue and white violets on the glistening green grass, with sparkles of light from the drops of rain, the purple and white flowers of the lilacs and a few yellows from the Forsythia brought me around. 

Partly Sunny, they say, I'll take it. Right now in my yard "partly ain't happenin' ", it is full on sunny.

Happy Memorial weekend. Remember the sacrifices that were made so we can enjoy what we have. God Bless America.
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Post  sanderson on 5/28/2017, 2:41 pm

Glorious Memorial "Sunday" to you, and heartfelt thanks to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our Country.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/29/2017, 5:50 pm

This is the first year that I won't be planting out my tomatoes before or on Memorial Day. Our hi was 48. Rolling Eyes
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Post  quiltbea on 5/29/2017, 8:34 pm

CapeC.....Me, too.  Mine hasn't even been shipped yet.  They emailed me they will ship on Tues (Mon was a holiday) and I should receive them Fri, June 2nd.  Our nites have been in the 40s usually anyway so they wouldn't have grown any if they were transplanted.
In the meantime, we have been watching our resident Canada Geese Mom and Dad raising their brood of 7.  Its such fun to watch the out my windows.  Today they were showing them how to run and stretch their fluffy wings.  Funny.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/29/2017, 10:17 pm

I love you So cute!  Happy Memorial Day!
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Post  sanderson on 5/30/2017, 10:08 pm

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